Naming Your Boat (BR Podcast 15)

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Your new boat needs a name . . . is there anything you should consider? Listen in to a story of living with a less-than-great name for our first boat, and how we chose the name for our second boat!
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Naming Your Boat (BR Podcast 15)

Choosing a boat name is a lot like choosing a name for a baby: it’s a very personal decision.

With our first boat, we were just so excited to be embarking on our adventures that we didn’t give much thought to the name. Our second time around, we knew that we were, in effect, choosing the name we’d be known by.

Listen in for what was wrong with our first boat’s name, and the things we considered the second time around.

Prefer to read? Check out A New Name for Our Boat.

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22 Comments
  • Charlotte Caldwell
    Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

    We can’t listen to your podcasts unfortunately as we don’t have enough bandwidth. It it possible to have written transcript?

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

      Yes! If you look just below the podcast “screen,” you’ll see a link to a corresponding article.

    • Charlotte Caldwell
      Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

      Duh! Thanks Carolyn. This subject is such an important topic. So many boats have unpronounceable names. Never mind weird!

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

      No problem!

    • The Jedi Fisherman
      Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

      totally right 🙂

  • Jan Bogart
    Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

    Our sailboat is named Vixen, and now our traler is Vixen II. A S&S sloop built in 1946. They were named after Santa’s reindeer. My husband always says he glad he didn’t get Cupid or Prancer!

  • Lewis Sipfher
    Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

    One good test is the ‘three-time hail’ as per VHF. An example NOT to follow: have seen a boat named “OK OK OK.” Imagine hailing “OK” NINE TIMES to call this boat. Nuh-uh, I sez

  • Brad Fisher
    Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

    Our ’95 370. In the Ca Delta.

  • Bill DuPont
    Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

    My wife and I own an independent book store. We purchased a new boat(new to us) last year. A bit of a play on words, the boat became Buy The Book.

  • Brenda Harbottle
    Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

  • Carleen Hone
    Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

    One sweet lady on a monohull we passed as we were cruising yelled “I heard your boat name on the vhf…now I get it”! Continuing the sort of classic rock theme, we may call our new tri Thunderstruck (that boat was hit by lightning so there will have to be a TON of bubbly to appease Neptune!) Cool podcasts Carolyn Shearlock.

  • Boni Rothmann
    Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

    I changed mine from Excelsior to…Asilomar (“refuge by the sea”), courtesy of dr, Wayne Dyer, r.i.p….I did the whole ceremony

    • Boni Rothmann
      Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

      Ad, being an artist, couldn’t bring myself to get stickers…they look cheap to me. Hand painted new stripes and name….not sure how to post pics for you!

      • D and Don Wogaman
        Posted at 25 October 2016 Reply

        We’ve had painted on and vinyl and vinyl lasts way longer. Paint lasted three years, the vinyl thirty years. We went with vinyl again.

        D and Don on SOUTHERN CROSS

        PS Carolyn I did not see any camera to post a photo.

        • Carolyn Shearlock
          Posted at 26 October 2016 Reply

          The camera to post a photo is for those who are posting their comment on Facebook. Unfortunatly, you can’t post a photo on the comments here, but they DO get imported when posted in a comment on Facebook.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

      In the “comment” box, you’ll see a camera icon either to the left or right (depends on your device and operating system), click it and you’ll be prompted to upload a picture.

    • The Jedi Fisherman
      Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

      yup<3

  • Boni Rothmann
    Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

    Tried to send you a pic of Asilomar…have to figure it out. BTw, I’m a bohemian barefoot gal myself! Cheers to us!

  • The Jedi Fisherman
    Posted at 22 October 2016 Reply

    anyone love as much as me

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